Empower-ED Webinars

PanKind is committed to supporting people impacted by pancreatic cancer, and our National Patient and Carer Support Hub is designed to keep our community informed, supported and connected.

As part of our Patient and Carer Hub initiative, we are proud to announce the launch of a new series of online educational sessions – EmpowerED webinars.

As COVID-19 impacts our lives and makes it more difficult to connect in person, join us online from the comfort of your home to learn about the topics relevant to you. These webinars are designed to keep you informed of advances in the field of pancreatic cancer, support you with relevant information and allow you to connect with others in the community.

Through our new webinars you can learn from experts in the field about the science of pancreatic cancer research, clinical trials and other support services. Also hear from others first-hand how they are living with the disease, about their experiences and how they navigate their pancreatic cancer journey.


Watch Past Webinars

Pancreatic Cancer Research Update 2021

Thursday, 18 November 2021 | 5-6pm AEDT | FREE

We would like to invite you to our Pancreatic Cancer Research Update 2021 on November 18, World Pancreatic Cancer Day, which will provide:
  • Overview of the research projects PanKind is currently funding
  • An update on the "big picture" of pancreatic cancer research around Australia and globally.
  • Exciting breakthroughs in the field of pancreatic cancer
  • An update on clinical trials ​​​​​

Michelle Stewart
Chief Executive Officer, PanKind

Michelle will provide an update on our research strategy.

Ross McKinnon 
Director of Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer &
Chair, PanKind Scientific Advisory Panel

​​​​Ross will give an overview on PanKind-funded research, pancreatic cancer research, clinical trials, and any significant research break-throughs.

Interview with Jodie Atkinson, Author and Grief Recovery Specialist

Jodie Atkinson shares her story and talks about the book she wrote after she lost her husband Craig to pancreatic cancer. Her book, Have You Met My Grief? is a resource and toolkit for anyone who has experienced loss, to normalise the conflicting emotions, behaviour, and thoughts that show up, evolve and impact your life as you adjust to life without your person. Jodie discusses practical strategies and tips to manage difficult situations for those experiencing grief as well as family and friends who want to support a griever through this tough time.


Genetic Testing and Inherited Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Thursday, 11 February 2021 | 1-2pm AEDT | FREE

Tanya Dwarte
Clinical Research Coordinator & Associate Genetic Counsellor
Garvan Institute of Medical Research


Tanya Dwarte will present about genetics and pancreatic cancer. She is a Clinical Research Coordinator and Associate Genetic Counsellor.

Her presentation will highlight the current understanding of sporadic and inherited forms of pancreatic cancer and provide an overview of inherited cancer syndromes and the associated pancreatic cancer risks. Information about the process of a genetics assessment, including consideration of genetic testing for pancreatic cancer patients or for those with a family history of the disease will be addressed. This will include brief discussions about some of the potential benefits and potential limitations or harms of genetic testing.

The presentation will then introduce the Australian Pancreatic Cancer Screening Program, a research study that aims to identify individuals who have a higher chance of developing pancreatic cancer because they have been found to have a faulty gene or syndrome, or due to their family history. This study is investigating the potential clinical benefit of endoscopic ultrasound and MRI to detect early signs of pancreatic cancer to improve patient outcomes.


Finding Support Services

Tuesday, 8 December 2020 | 6-7pm AEDT | FREE

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us and the lead up to the holidays can be a particularly hard time emotionally and financially. It can also be a time where we think about our legacy and making memories with our families.

This webinar is intended to help people with pancreatic cancer and their families find and access practical, financial and emotional support services.

Chelsey Upston
Team Leader
Clinical Nurse Specialist 13 11 20
Cancer Council
Chelsey Upston, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Team Leader for 13 11 20 at Cancer Council Victoria. She will discuss the role of the 13 11 20 cancer nurses as a resource to access cancer-related advice, programs and support services. She will give a brief overview of Cancer Council’s emotional and practical support programs and how people affected by cancer can access them.

Jo Marx 
it's about us 

Jo Marx is Co-Founder of It’s about us, a not for profit charity that provides a free digital support tool for anyone affected by cancer. This unique template-based book enables one to document memories, feelings, emotions and important messages in a beautiful personalised way. Jo will be discussing the cathartic benefits of writing as therapy and sharing how the free digital book can be accessed as well as how the accompanying workshops are run.


Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis and New and Emerging Therapies

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 | 7-8pm AEDT | FREE

"very informative, thank you for sharing the information" ~ webinar attendee

Dr Andrew Dean
Head of Medical Oncology
St John of God Hospital


As part of World Pancreatic Cancer Month, PanKind are hosting an educational webinar with the hope of continuing to increase awareness, earlier diagnosis, and improve survival from pancreatic cancer.

Intended for GPs and health professionals interested in learning more about pancreatic cancer, this webinar will provide an update on pancreatic cancer signs and symptoms, diagnostic techniques, as well as new and emerging treatments. Dr Dean presents compelling research and treatment approaches that show why Australia is leading the world in pancreatic cancer survival.

Presenting this webinar is Dr Andrew Dean, Head of Medical Oncology at St John of God Hospital in Perth and a consultant for GenesisCare. Previously, he established the palliative care service at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and St John of God Hospital in Perth and was appointed professor of palliative medicine by the Edith Cowan University. He flies himself to a variety of rural areas in Western Australia including Geraldton and Broome to provide outreach oncology services.

Dr Dean will present for approximately 45 minutes followed by a 10-minute moderated audience Q&A.


Empowering Treatment Partnerships

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 | 5-6 pm AEDT | Free

 Michelle Di Vito-Smith 
 Principal Consultant
 MDVS Clinical Pty Ltd


This webinar is intended for people with pancreatic cancer and their families. It will focus on strategies to support you to empower treatment partnerships and drive your treatment journey ensuring all your options are considered.

When the time is right, be empowered to know your options. It is an emotional time of uncertainty when confronted with a pancreatic cancer diagnosis and the most important person during this time is you. It is essential that medical partnerships are maximised to ensure all options are considered for your treatment care plan.

Presenting this webinar is Michelle Di Vito-Smith, a pharmacologist with over 25 years of experience leading the implementation of clinical trials in Australia and New Zealand.

A recent personal experience, coupled with Michelle’s professional background, has drawn her closer to supporting cancer patients through her own venture. It has become her passion and mission to empower cancer patients to drive their treatment journeys and connect them with early access options beyond the medicines on the pharmacy shelf.

Michelle will present on the following topics for approximately 45 minutes, followed by a 10-minute moderated audience Q&A.

• Partnering with your clinician
• Clinical trials – access to innovation
• Be informed to feel empowered and in control

Michelle provided a resource sheet with additional questions to ask your doctor about treatment options and clinical trials. Read more here.


Advances in Pancreatic Cancer Research

Tuesday, 1 September 2020 | 5-6pm AEST | Free

"Thank you for making this webinar so accessible, learning about the amazing work being done to advance knowledge of the causes, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer is very heartening" ~ webinar attendee

We begin the EmpowerED webinar series being joined by leading professionals:

 A/Prof Nick Pavlakis 
 Royal North Shore Hospital
  - Presenting an overview of advances in pancreatic cancer research.

 Amber Johns
 Project Manager
 Australian Pancreatic Genome Initiative
  - Presenting an update on the Australian Pancreatic Cancer Genome Initiative.

 Prof John Zalcberg
 Monash University
  - Presenting an overview of clinical quality registries with a focus on pancreatic cancer.

Learn from leaders in the field about what’s new in pancreatic cancer research. Our presenters will also discuss how the Australian Pancreatic Cancer Genome Initiative is helping uncover the genetics of pancreatic cancer, and how Australian clinical quality registries are improving care and treatment.